Updated: Nov 15
The snubs and surprises of the 2023 Grammy Nominations.
Nicki Minaj has been named as one of the biggest snubs in GRAMMYs 2023
The Academy moving “Super Freaky Girl” from rap to pop.
Despite her 10 nominations, rapper Nicki Minaj has never scored a Grammy win. Her team who submitted "Super Freaky Girl" for the rap category, it was reported that the song would only be considered for the pop category. Unfortunately, it seems like her song wasn't selected at all.
The Recording Academy announced on Tuesday (November 15), the potential winners for next year's award show. The Best Rap Song nominees are Jack Harlow's "Churchill Downs" featuring Drake, DJ Khaled's "God Did" featuring Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, John Legend and Fridayy, Kendrick Lamar's "The Heart Part 5," Gunna and Future's "Pushin P" featuring Young Thug and Future's "Wait For U" featuring Drake and Tems.
However, Nicki Minaj is nowhere to be found — While it was previously known Minaj’s hit single “Super Freaky Girl” was vocal about her displeasure with the Academy moving “Super Freaky Girl” from rap to pop.
“Super Freaky Girl,” which interpolates Rick James’ 1981 hit Super Freak. Debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the first hip-hop song by a female artist (without accompaniment) to do so since Ms. Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1998. It also conquered TikTok and rose to No.1 on the Top US Tracks while making Minaj the first female lead artist to debut at No.1 in 2022, the first female rapper with multiple No.1 debuts, and the first female rapper to reach No.1 without a video in over two years.
The Queen empire “Barbz” shared their thoughts on the situation, and they were not happy.
On (October 13) it was reported that The Recording Academy had removed Nicki Minaj's hit song “Super Freaky Girl” from consideration in the rap category and were considering the Rick James-sampled song a pop track. She reacted to the news on Twitter.
“I have no prob being moved out the RAP category as long as we r ALL being treated FAIRLY," she tweeted. "If SFG has 2B moved out RAP then so does Big Energy! ANY1 who says diff is simply a Nicki hater or a troll. I’d actually LUV 2 c a more street record win- male OR female! IJS rightIsRight.”
Nicki continued: “Could you imagine someone telling you not to 'complain' about being treated unfairly at your workplace? This is my job. I work very hard. No diff from a 9-5 where you should speak up for yourself if you know you’re a great employee & continue to be purposely sabotaged.”
Her Grammy rant kicked off a beef with Latto, which played out on Twitter.